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Spring quarter often signals the culmination of an educational journey across the academic year and intense preparations for the next academic year.  We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our students, new teachers, and new principals who will be graduating from the programs at UW Bothell.  At the same time, we are looking ahead into the next academic year and deepening our work.

As we plan ahead, we do so in grateful recognition that we do our work in close partnership with a valued group of school districts.  At the moment, we have teacher and principal candidates who are completing field experiences in the following districts:

Lake Washington
The Evergreen School

Placing our candidates in schools and districts for their fieldwork is more than just an administrative task.  Our approach is that these schools, teachers, and principals are our partners in the preparation work we do.  Our candidates are clustered in schools where we have developed relationships, can be confident of high quality mentoring, and have educators who share our joint obligation to prepare our candidates to serve diverse students and their communities.

As we close this academic year, we send our deepest thanks and appreciation for our partner schools and districts, cooperating teachers, and principal mentors. They are investing in the next generation of teachers and principals to serve our children and families.

Best wishes,

Brad Portin
Professor and Director
Faculty NewsFacultyNews

Banks selected as Fellow of the American Educational Research Association

Professor Cherry McGee Banks has been selected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. This represents one of
Cherry McGee Banks
the highest honors that is awarded in the field of educational research. AERA is the premier research association in our field and this award is only offered to the most accomplished senior scholars in educational research.

Dr. Banks is world-renowned for her work in Multicultural Education. Her current research is concerned with teacher self-understanding and intergroup education. Professor Banks has published in numerous journals including the Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Policy, Theory into Practice, and Educational Horizons. She is also associate editor of the Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education and co-editor of Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives. Professor Banks serves on several national committees and boards including the American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Book Award Committee and the Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

About AERA
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the national interdisciplinary research association for approximately 25,000 scholars who undertake research in education. Founded in 1916, AERA aims to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

Education faculty among Worthington Innovation Fellows

Dr. Jane Van Galen and Dr. Allison Hintz have been awarded a grant for their work, "Digital Bridges: Connected Learning in Teacher Education", from the Worthington Innovation Fellows program. This project will enable participants (from pre-service teachers, to school partners, to university faculty) to imagine together more equitable and vibrant opportunities for diverse students, sparked in part by the creative, connected learning possible with digital technology.

Funding for these exceptional projects was made possible by the generous support of Lois and Richard Worthington through the creation of the Worthington endowment funds. In addition to supporting teaching, research and student scholarships, these endowments have also generously supported the use of technology in innovative programs such as Worthington Innovation Fellows.

Wayne Au promoted to Associate Professor

Wayne Au
Wayne Au
Dr. Wayne Au has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Washington Bothell.  Dr. Au joined the UWB faculty in 2010 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin and launching his academic career at Cal State, Fullerton.  Dr. Au has built an outstanding academic career, is a dynamic teacher, and has become a leading national voice for educational equity.

Dr. Au edits the journal, Rethinking Schools.  His most recent books include, Critical curriculum studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing (2011). New York: Routledge, and Unequal by Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality (2009). New York: Routledge.

Dr. Au's scholarship is shaping the national conversation about educational reform at a critical time.  His insightful writing and active engagement in our communities is ensuring that historic inequalities are addressed and that the interests of students, their communities, and families remain central as educational directions are being debated and set.  In addition to working with Education students, Dr. Au teaches a number of undergraduate courses that help students critically engage in the socio-cultural issues shaping schools and communities.

Pam Joseph to receive UWAAUP award

Pam Joseph
The UW Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will honor Dr. Pam Joseph for her outstanding contribution to the Chapter's mission. Presented annually, the award will be given at the Members Meeting on Wednesday May 22, 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the University of Washington Club.

The University of Washington Chapter of the American Association of University Professors works to uphold faculty academic freedom, a public good that ensures the highest level of teaching, research, scholarship and service.

National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning distinguished lecture series

As a part of The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning distinguished lecture series, Dr. Allison Hintz and Dr. Elham Kazemi from UW Seattle will present "Developing Strong and Joyful Young Learners of Mathematics" on May 22nd. This presentation will focus on supporting young children's mathematical learning through engaging activities that build a strong foundation of  numbers and cultivate positive attitudes toward mathematics. This series is free and open to the public and is especially targeted for the early learning and K-3 communities. Join us at Kane Hall 220 on the UW Seattle Campus from 7-9pm. Register online for free.

Publications / Conferences

Allison Hintz and Anthony Smith have published an article, "Mathematizing Read-Alouds in Three Easy Steps", in The Reading Teacher. They outline a process for weaving together read-alouds, mathematics, and lively discussion to deepen student learning.

Dr. Hintz and colleagues will have an article "Innovations in Improving Mathematics Instruction: One School's Story of Implementing Job-Embedded School-wide Professional Development" published in the Spring 2013 issue of Washington State Kappan. The article describes a professional development model currently being implemented and studied by Professor Hintz and her colleagues at a high-needs elementary school in Washington State.

In April, Jane Van Galen gave three talks at Brown University. With faculty, staff, and administrators who are part of the Brown TEAM project (Team Enhanced Advising and Mentoring), she spoke on the experiences of First Generation college students and strategies for supporting them in teaching, advising, and mentoring.

Van Galen also gave the Keynote talk at the Putting Education First conference. The conference was organized for first generation graduate students (and staff working to support them) at colleges across New England. Her Keynote Address focused on digital storytelling as a tool of identity formation, advocacy, and learning.

Robin Angotti was the keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Technology Institute for Educators in Durham NC on Friday April 19, 2013.  The theme of the conference was Preparing Educators to Promote STEM Education in K-20.  Dr. Angotti's keynote address focused on redefining traditional ideas of school to foster technological literacy for 21st century learners.  

Dr. Angotti gave lectures at The Center for Embodied Design Research at UC Berkeley on February 26, at North Carolina State University on April 18, and at Elon University on April 26.   The lectures focused on research using embodied parameters of mathematical functions by using motion sensing technologies such as KinectMath. 

Tom Bellamy, with a national team of colleagues, has published an article, "Using Teacher Instructional Leadership as a Predictor of Principal Leadership" in the Journal of School Leadership, Volume 23-January 2013.

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UW Bothell announces statewide collaboration to prepare new Special Education administrators

The University of Washington, Washington State University, and the Special Education directors of the state's 9 Educational Service Districts are collaborating on a new program to prepare well qualified educators to assume positions as local Special Education Administrators (LSEAs). Enhancing Capacity for Special Education Leadership (ECSEL) will substantially contribute to help meet persistent annual needs for qualified
Tom Bellamy
Special Education administrators across Washington State.

With initial funding from the state's OSPI, the ECSEL partners have launched this new graduate program with an initial cohort of 10
aspiring administrators and have plans for admitting a new group of candidates every other year.

ECSEL is a two-year program that incorporates the most current research on leadership and Special Education. Year 1 focuses on Special Education leadership at the school level, and Year 2 on district-level leadership. Each year's program includes three year-long seminars (each addressing a critical theme and related topics) and a 400-hour internship to be completed in the candidate's home location.

ECSEL represents an innovative alternative to conventional leadership programs offered by individual institutions. By combining a variety of communication technologies, weekend scheduling, and convenient meeting sites, ECSEL makes it possible for experienced individuals in Special Education to comp
lete the requirements for a master's degree and state administrator certification while remaining in their existing positions in locations around the state. The program's faculty draws from the combined resources of ECSEL's higher education and K-12 partners so seminars and internships will be guided by faculty with both academic and practical expertise.

Tom Bellamy (UW Bothell), Gene Sharratt ( formerly of WSU, now Executive Director of Washington's K-12 Achievement Council) and Gene Edgar (UW Seattle) initiated the ECSEL partnership which quickly grew to include faculty from most of the UW and WSU campuses, state organization representatives, and local Special Education administrators in school districts and Education Service Districts.

Former LEDE faculty recognized as ASCD Outstanding Young Educator

Joshua Garcia, deputy superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools and former UWB LEDE faculty, was one of two educators selected to receive the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award. The award celebrates teachers and administrators who demonstrate outstanding leadership. This includes commitment to educating the whole child, improving student engagement, achievement and learning, and making contributions to the education profession. You can read more about Joshua's award here.

About ASCD
ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 140,000 members - superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 134 countries, the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations.

 Alumni Newsalumninews

Tim Titsworth named Lower School Dean of Students at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
, NY

Tim (Extended Cohort 5 / 2003-05) keeps in touch with UWB Education faculty and staff and recently shared this news with us. As Tim says, "I'm a proud graduate and I love telling people where my roots are."

Here is what Rachel Griffin, Head of Lower School, has to say about Tim:

"Tim joined Léman in 2008, and has worked with the 4th Grade team of teachers for the past five years. In this role he has collaboratively built the curriculum and provided stimulating experiences for students in his homeroom and the grade. Over the years, he has also found ways to incorporate his passions of drumming and dance into school life. As Lower School Dean of Students, these and many more of his creative talents will be highlighted. When asked about the new position, Tim shared, "I am extremely excited about my new position as the Lower School Dean of Students. When I enter the building each day, I marvel at how far we have come, and I am nothing but inspired by the energy of our teachers, students and parents. Léman is my home, and I am truly proud to take on this exciting new role with our students at its core.""

Elizabeth Atterberry, K-8 Teacher Certification Cohort 15, serves in the Peace Corps

Elizabeth writes to us from South Africa:

"My husband and I are serving in Peace Corps South Africa, 2012-2014. We live in rural Mpumalanga, just south of Kruger Park. I teach grade 8 natural science and my husband teaches math. We also implemented an HIV/AIDS awareness program called Grassroot Soccer -- the infection rate in our province is over 49 percent. We're in the process of designing an English remediation program. The language of instruction after grade 4 is English, but 1/2 of our learners either cannot read or read at grade R-1. We're the first "balungu" (white people) many of our learners have ever spoken to. Some days are just so challenging, but then one student will "get it." Or a gaggle of small children will run to us for hugs when we come home, chanting "ngiyabathanda" (I love you)! It keeps us going!"


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Autumn Quarter Highlightsautumnhighlights

Two new graduate level classes reflect UW Bothell Education Program's commitment to excellent teaching in the areas of Special Education and STEM Education.

With the addition of Assistant Professor Jason Naranjo, who is leading our program into a stronger understanding of educating students with special needs, we are introducing a new special education course this autumn:
Applied Collaboration in Special and General Education
(Special topics in Education) B EDUC 591C (5 credits). This class will focus on building and sustaining meaningful partnerships across the curriculum to support learning for all students in inclusive settings.

In the area of STEM education, Assistant Professor Allison Hintz is bringing her experience teaching K-8 math and preparing our elementary teacher certification candidates to a new course titled, Fostering Early Numeracy (Special Topics in Education) B EDUC 591D. This course is designed to engage participants in making sense of students' mathematical thinking in grades P-3, with a focus on Number and Operations.

Both of these courses are open to M.Ed. students at UW Bothell, UW Seattle, and UW Tacoma. If you are not currently enrolled at UW Bothell but would like to take one, or both, of these courses, consider enrolling as a non-matriculated student on our campus.

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Commencement - 2013commencement

Sunday, June 16, in Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Alaska Airlines Arena, at UW Seattle
graduation During the ceremony, the institution will award baccalaureate and master's degrees and will recognize students receiving their Washington State teaching certificates.

Do you have questions about navigating the graduation process, ordering your gown, getting tickets for family? Please visit the UW Bothell Commencement website for details.

Congratulations Class of 2013!


careerCareer and Professional Development

2013 Conferences 

Washington State Music Teachers (WSMTA) 2013 Conference
Music from the Heart of Washington
June 16-20, 2013

WASA/AWSP Summer Conference
Organized by the Washington Association of School Administrators
June 23-25

52nd Annual Northwest Mathematics Conference
October 11- 12th


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